• Whom should I consult for drug addiction ? And why? +

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  • Why some people become addicted to drugs while others don’t ? +

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  • How can drug addiction be diagnosed? +

    A definitive diagnosis of drug addiction usually occurs after an evaluation by a psychiatrist, who as part of their training Read More
  • What are the warning signs that a friend or a loved one is using drugs? +

    If you’re worried that a friend or family member might be abusing drugs, look for the following warning signs: Bloodshot Read More
  • How can we prevent drug abuse in children /adolescents? +

    Take the following steps to help prevent drug abuse in your children /adolescents : Communicate. Talk to your children about the Read More
  • What complications can occur due to drug addiction ? +

    Drug addiction (dependence) can create a number of complications. They can include: Health problems. Drug addiction can lead to a Read More
  • How is drug addiction treated? +

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A mental health professional like a Psychiatrist is the right person, since as part of their training, they deal with drug addiction –both medical and psychological aspects of it.

Psychiatrists are also able to diagnose and treat other psychiatric illnesses which often coexist with drug addiction. In fact, many people who are addicted to drugs are also diagnosed with other mental disorders and vice versa..

Drug abuse is also known to bring about symptoms of another mental illness , for e.g., there is increased risk of psychosis (loss of reality contact) in marijuana users or severe depression after cocaine use. Conversely, mental disorders can lead to drug abuse, possibly as a means of “self-medication.” Patients suffering from anxiety or depression may rely on alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs to temporarily alleviate their symptoms.

 

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